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Weekend washout forecast as families set off on sunshine breaks to avoid rain: Met Office issues yellow warning for wind

By Chris McCullough

If you are considering taking the children to the beach over Easter, pack some wet weather gear because there will likely be rain.

And the Met Office has issued a weather warning for wind across Co Antrim, Co Londonderry and Co Tyrone, kicking off at 6pm on Saturday.

According to forecasters MeteoGroup, a strengthening jet stream in the Atlantic is sending energy in from the west, with low pressure systems bringing heavy downpours and strong winds.

"By Saturday, this zone will extend across much of the UK, continuing to creep south-east and giving heavy and persistent rain," a spokesman said.

"Following the clearance of this heavy rain on Saturday night, Easter Sunday is shaping up to be a cool and blustery affair as a strong and unstable south-westerly airflow brings a mixture of sunny intervals and heavy showers. A few scattered thunderstorms can also be expected

"It might be a good idea to check the precipitation should you decide to embark on a walk in case a downpour is imminent."

Easter Monday will not be much better, with heavy rain to hit most parts of Northern Ireland, broken up by intermittent spells of sunshine.

Temperatures will reach a high of 9C to 12C tomorrow and Monday, dropping to 2C in the late evenings.

With weather prospects so poor, some people are jetting off for both short and long breaks.

Andrea McAlpine from Oasis Travel in Belfast reported extra business in the run-up to Easter.

"We have had an exceptionally busy month for long-haul cruises and Mediterranean holidays," she said. "Bookings are looking really positive as quite a few people confirmed their travel well in advance of school Easter holidays."

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